VPSD denies Martial Law rebranding at DepEd

VPSD denies Martial Law rebranding at DepEd

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte belied allegations of some groups that some textbooks and modules of the Department of Education (DepEd) are rebranding Martial Law that was implemented by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos through Proclamation No. 1081 on September 21, 1972.

In her official statement released Tuesday (October 25), Duterte said that it is not part of her mandate to destroy the integrity of history and DepEd is focusing its attention on programs that aim to level up the quality of basic education.

“Bilang Education Secretary, wala po sa aking mandato ang pagsira sa integridad ng ating kasaysayan. At ang Department of Education — na kasalukuyang abala sa mga programang naglalayong maiangat ang kalidad ng basic education sa Pilipinas — ay walang panahon para sa historical revisionism na pilit na iginigiit ng ilang mga anti-Marcos groups (As an Education Secretary, I don’t have the mandate to destroy the integrity of our history. And the Department of Education is presently focusing its programs that aims to level up the quality of basic education in the Philippines. We don’t have time for historical revisionism just like what the anti-Marcos groups accuse us of doing),” Duterte said.

She even disclosed her participation in the Yellow Friday Movement demonstrations led by her grandmother Soledad Duterte.

“Katulad ng milyon-milyon nating mga kapwa Pilipino, alam ko po ang kahalagahan ng Martial Law at EDSA Revolution sa ating kasaysayan bilang isang bansa (Just like millions of our fellow Filipinos, I know the importance of Martial Law and EDSA Revolution in out history as a country),” Duterte clarified.

The vice president said that when she was a kid she cut yellow pages of the telephone directory to be used as confetti during demonstrations of the Yellow Friday Movement in Davao City.

“Mukhang mas marami tayong ambag sa mga pagkilos laban sa Martial Law kaysa sa ilang maiingay na anti-Marcos ngayon (It seems that we have more contributions to anti-Martial Law demonstrations compare to those noisy anti-Marcos nowadays),” Duterte said.

DepEd spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa earlier denied the allegations of “historical rebranding”.

“The terms New Society/Bagong Lipunan and Martial Law are both historical facts. It is a historical fact that New Society refers to the program launched by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., during his administration. And it is another historical fact that Martial Law refers to the 14-year rule of the former President,” Duterte explained.

The vice president said both terms have been used in DepEd textbooks since 2000 — within their proper context and DepEd is not in the business of erasing these facts and replacing them with something else.

She said the social media post of a learner from Marinduque about the usage of the term New Society in one of the DepEd modules just focused on one line and it didn’t present the whole page.

“Ibig sabihin, kulang ito sa konteksto at maaari itong baluktutin ayon sa naratibo ng mga bumabatikos sa DepEd at nagpapakalat ng kasinungalingan tungkol sa rebranding at historical revisionism (It only means it lacks context and it’s possible that it aims to misled the narrative by those who criticizes DepEd and to spread lies about rebranding and historical revisionism),” she pointed out.

Duterte said that the whole page clearly stated the long years of Martial Law and EDSA Revolution. She called on the public to be careful of their malicious actions which only aim to provoke our countrymen against Martial Law using DepEd. (ai/mtvn)

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